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Spring is Coming! Punxsutawney Phil Does Not See His Shadow


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Punxsutawney Phil, Pennsylvania's famous prognosticating rodent, has predicted an early spring.

The groundhog emerged from his hole in Gobbler's Knob in his namesake town on Tuesday to give his forecast, only the 18th time he's ever given such good news since 1887.

When Phil sees his shadow, legend has it that we're in store for six more weeks of winter.

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Phil's big city cousin in New York, Staten Island Chuck, concurred. Lucky for Chuck, Mayor de Blasio was not in attendance at his ceremony.

In 2014, de Blasio's first Groundhog Day led to the death of Staten Island Chuck (nee Charlotte), after the rodent leaped from the mayor's arms and sustained internal injuries that proved fatal.

To that end, ceremony leaders on Staten Island made a few jokes at the mayor's expense at the Staten Island Zoo this year, reports the New York Post.

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"The Staten Island Zoo was so determined that it won’t become a crime scene today that they invited the DA," joked borough deputy president Edward Burke.

"I was called here because I heard rumors that there has been foul play here in the past," Staten Island DA Michael McMahon joked in response.

Zoo officials claim Chuck’s accuracy to be 82 percent with 28 correct predictions out of 33 annual attempts.

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